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1 Bull avg $13,000
2 Embryo lots avg $1,700
10 Heifers avg $11,600
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24 Steers avg $3,165
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Scott Club Calves Online Steer Sale 3-31-15
13 Steers avg $4,242
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3 Heifers avg $6,083
13 Steers avg $2,808
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Chaplin Cattle Fall Born Sale 3-31-15
3 Heifers avg $4,583
5 Steers avg $4,400
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The Wish List 3-31-15
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Steer Loose at University of Kentucky

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015




Austin Breed Counts

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015

Breed counts and placing percentages for Austin...


Breed Calves Placings Branding Percentage
British 28 6 21.4%
Shorthorn 25 4 16.0%
Brahman 25 3 12.0%
American 92 12 13.0%
AOB Black 94 18 19.1%
AOB Other 180 24 13.3%
Overall 444 67 15.1%

Amount of placings there would have been in the branding spots had been balanced after entries were counted...

Breed Placings Branding Percentage Difference
British 4 14.3% -2
Shorthorn 4 16.0% --
Brahman 4 16.0% +1
American 14 15.2% +2
AOB Black 14 14.9% -4
AOB Other 27 15.0% +3
Overall 67 15.1% --

Facebook Pages vs Profiles

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015

A large portion of cattle operations using a Facebook profile for their business instead of a page got their hands slapped over the past week.

In simple jargon, if people had a page for their business like they were a person that has to request and approve friends, they got their profile shut down.  You’re supposed to use a Facebook business page for those types of activities.

The requirement that your business have a Facebook page instead of a profile is nothing new.  Other business sectors have been dealing with the requirement for a while now.  It seems to hit various industries in such a manner that it would be easy to assume Facebook goes through and does keyword searches on the names in profiles.

It looks like over the past week they did a sweep of anybody with the word “cattle” in theirs and shut down the profiles of everybody that was using the profile as a business page.

It’s a pain in the rear when it happens but everyone that got hit with it is better off for it in the long run.

A page doesn’t require me to ask for permission to see your calf pictures.

A page allows you to have multiple people manage your account without a unique login.

A page allows you to run Facebook ads promoting your sale or animals.

It’s what you wanted to use Facebook for your business for in the first place. 

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 3/23/2015

SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $82,500 - Heifer sired by NJW 98S R117 RIBEYE 88X ET
    Buck Cattle Co Spring Edition 2015 #52
  2. $60,000 - Heifer sired by I-80
    Buck Cattle Co Spring Edition 2015 #9
  3. $48,000 - Heifer sired by BK UNLIMITED POWER 472
    Buck Cattle Co Spring Edition 2015 #4
  4. $47,500 - Heifer sired by King of the Mountain
    Bremer Show Cattle Summer and Fall Born Steer and Heifer Sale 3-24-15 #7
  5. $40,000 - Heifer sired by DEP Generation X 122 ET
    Buck Cattle Co Spring Edition 2015 #46
  6. $38,000 - Heifer sired by BKRI Trendsetter 501T
    Buck Cattle Co Spring Edition 2015 #22
  7. $30,000 - Bull sired by Mr NLC Upgrade U8676
    Garwood/Jones/Winegardner The Main Course Online Bull Sale 3-24-15 #1
  8. $29,150 - Heifer sired by Monopoly 2
    Glamour Girls Online Heifer Sale 3-29-15 #1
  9. $28,000 - Heifer sired by Believe in Me
    Bushy Park Farms Girls of Summer 2015 #31
  10. $25,500 - Steer sired by Gold Dust
    Casey Horn Diva Heldermon and Heldermon Boys Online Steer Sale 3-29-15 #3

Steer Buying Rule #182

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015

If somebody promises you a calf will win a breed at a major, they don’t think you’re a customer.

They’re a con man who thinks they found a mark.

Young Children and Brahman Steers

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015

Young children have no business showing Brahman cross steers.

It doesn’t matter how calm you can get your calf.  Anybody who knows Brahman cattle knows they can be the most dog gentle cattle in the world if you treat them right, it just takes time.  

I don't personally have the patience to do it right.  We’ve had calves that were flat out nuts while I was trying to mess with them.  Then they get sold and turn into kitty cats once they got in the hands of the right young lady who likes to sit with her calf all summer.

No, the problem with Brahman cross show steers isn’t that you can’t tame them.

The problem is that, significantly more so than in any other breed at a show, you can’t trust the rest of your class to do the same.

Several years ago we sold a calf that the family busted their tails calming and got him right for the county show.  It didn’t matter.  Two calves in front of him a steer busted loose on the way in the ring, plowed through the line of kids entering the ring behind him and managed to pry three other steers away from their owners before running through a crowd.

Similar shenanigans happened yesterday in Austin.  The folks on the camera were kind enough to stay focused on other things but at certain points it might as well have been a pig show.  One calf bursts loose triggering other calves and it becomes quite dangerous.

Hoge played it professionally but, for safety reasons, also made a point to ask the crowd to not applaud kids as they exited the ring.

What was truly impressive was watching young men and women manage to keep their calves calm when you know they're leading a ticking time bomb.

And that’s why the Brahman steer class should be left to young men and women and not children.  The person on the halter needs to have nerves of steel that can only be built with experience.

It’s not you, it’s them.

Ring Presence

MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015

This isn't a complaint about the type of cattle Duello picked.

I like the type of steers that Duello picked.  He liked pretty, powerful, sound cattle - commonly referred to as show steers.  I think he found the top 2-3 steers in just about every class and spent the time to make sure he got those placings right.  

He was FAR too casual about everything else.

The first medium weight Brahman steer went in the ring at 1:23 PM Thursday.  The last of the calves to get the gate left the ring a few seconds into 1:28.

The ring stewards did everything they could to keep up with his machine gun style placing of steers at that 5th place and lower level, the level where one spot can cost you $3,000+ in bonus money.

In some of the 50+ head AOB classes he didn’t even give the last 5-10 calves along the rail a chance to BEGIN walking out of the ring before he moved on to the calves he had already pulled.

It’s downright disrespectful.

I’m sure the last time he judged Houston in the early 90s that type of nonchalant attitude for a major show judge was acceptable.  Heck, prior to Fort Worth in 2013 it wouldn't even have raised eyebrows.

Nowadays, it’s not acceptable at all.  Perhaps it’s because guys like Mark Hoge have spoiled us with his overly deliberate and attentive approach to managing the ring.

But that matters.

It’s not a race.

Just like what the judges look for changes over time, what's expected of a judge does as well.

It's your job to make sure every kid showing a calf knows you take your job as seriously as they take theirs.

Nobody cares if they have to stay an extra hour or two because you’re being thorough and make sure each kid feels like they got a good look.

That includes taking the time to at least act like you give a damn about the steers that don't win the class.

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 3/16/2015

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $15,000 - Bull sired by Connealy Uptown 098E
    Ohio Angus Super Star Sale Ohio Beef Ex902015 #10
  2. $13,500 - Bull sired by TEGM Red Advantage 100T
    Ohio Been Expo Shorthorn Sale 2015 #14
  3. $12,000 - Heifer sired by Man Among Boys
    Bremer Show Cattle Spring and Summer Born Online Heifer Sale 3-18-15 #3
  4. $11,500 - Steer sired by Dakota Gold
    Bluestem Club Calf Online Sale 3-21-15 #1
  5. $11,000 - Heifer sired by Comanche Moon
    Tree Lane Farms Online Fall Born Club Calf Sale 3-19-15 #11
  6. $10,700 - Bull sired by Solid Gold
    Elliott Cattle Company Online Fall Born Bull, Bred Female and Fall Born Show Cattle Sale 2015 #1
  7. $10,000 - Heifer sired by NJW 73S M326 Trust 100W
    One Team One Dream Online Sale 3-21-15 #19
  8. $9,850 - Heifer sired by Monopoly
    Bremer Show Cattle Spring and Summer Born Online Heifer Sale 3-18-15 #4
  9. $8,250 - Steer sired by I-67
    Elliott Cattle Company Online Fall Born Bull, Bred Female and Fall Born Show Cattle Sale 2015 #2
  10. $6,500 - Heifer sired by Ready 2 Rumble
    Ohio Been Expo Shorthorn Sale 2015 #42

2015 Houston Breed Counts vs 2011

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015

Yes, everyone IS trying to go American...

2011 2015 Difference
Angus 48 36 -25%
Brahman 59 75 +27%
Brangus 54 55 +2%
Charolais 101 97 -4%
Chianina 303 236 -22%
Hereford 66 74 +12%
Limousin 120 92 -23%
Maine Anjou 106 124 +17%
Polled Hereford 50 58 +16%
Red Angus 50 47 -6%
Santa Gertrudis 95 59 -38%
Shorthorn 89 101 +13%
Simbrah 58 64 +10%
Simmental 108 107 -1%
ABC 121 201 +66%
AOB 315 312 -1%
       
British 303 316 +4%
American 387 454 +17%
Exotic 1,053 968 -8%
       
Total 1,743 1,738 0%

First Class Bull Sale

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015

Bidding Closes tonight, March 16th, 2015

www.steerbidder.com

Rodgers Cattle Co, Smith Cattle Co, Doris Show Cattle, Hunter Bros


Lot 1 - Pilgrim x Angus


Lot 2 - Cerveza x OCC Legend/Armageddon - "Thompson Squared" - Rodgers Bull Battery


Lot 3 - I-80 x Grizzly/Heatseeker

Selling Clubby, Simmi, Maine, Angus, and Shorthorn Bulls

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Top Web Sale Lots Week of 3/9/2015

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $137,500 - Heifer sired by BC II Skyfall 2812
    Express Ranches Honor Roll 2015 #21
  2. $85,000 - Heifer sired by PVF Insight 0129
    Express Ranches Honor Roll 2015 #1
  3. $60,000 - Heifer sired by BC II Skyfall 2812
    Express Ranches Honor Roll 2015 #28
  4. $42,500 - Heifer sired by PVF Insight 0129
    Express Ranches Honor Roll 2015 #61
  5. $41,000 - Pregnancy sired by AAR Ten X 7008 SA
    Evan Farms 11th Annual Production Sale 2015 #7
  6. $40,000 - Heifer sired by PVF Insight 0129
    Express Ranches Honor Roll 2015 #48
  7. $40,000 - Heifer sired by Dameron First Class
    Express Ranches Honor Roll 2015 #20
  8. $40,000 - Heifer sired by PVF Insight 0129
    Express Ranches Honor Roll 2015 #10
  9. $37,000 - Heifer sired by AAR Ten X 7008 SA
    Evan Farms 11th Annual Production Sale 2015 #7a
  10. $33,000 - Heifer sired by PVF Insight 0129
    Express Ranches Honor Roll 2015 #11

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